One of the characters, Vizzini, likes to describe events that he considers unlikely or improbable by using the word "inconceivable." The problem is, every time Vizzini declares that something happening would be "inconceivable", whatever he's declared to be inconceivable almost immediately happens. This prompts another character to say:
Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.This brings us to CCP's use of the word "doubled".
When CCP declared that they would be changing the tax rate on high-sec Customs Offices, they described it in their patch notes in the following way:
All high security Customs Offices are transferred to CONCORD who will charge doubled import and export taxes.It turns out what they meant was that the tax rates would be doubling, from 5% to 10%. Problem was, players immediately noticed that the actual amount of ISK they were being charged to import or export items from high-sec Customs Offices was a hell of a lot higher than twice the previous numbers. I noticed it myself. The day after Crucible dropped, I moved one of my high-sec factory planets, reestablishing it at a new location and moved all of my PI products to the new location. While loading the initial factory, I noticed that importing 3000 units of a P1 product to the factory was costing me 75,000 ISK. And so were the other seven blocks of 3000 units that I needed to import to seed the factory and get it going. That's 600,000 ISK, which is pretty significant money. When -- the next day -- I exported the initial output of P3s from this factory, that cost me almost two million ISK!
The previous ISK amounts for importing and exporting had been so low that I had hardly noticed them at all. These amounts were a hell of a lot more noticeable!
I wasn't the only one to notice. Apparently, a goodly number of people went straight to bug-reporting this or petitioning it. It prompted CCP Guard to post a new dev blog this morning. I quote it here in full (sic at the mid-point, pretty sure he started to type "confirmed", then started to change it to something else, then intended to change it back):
We have received a number of petitions, asking if new tax rates of the NPC Customs Offices are working properly as they are in some cases drastically higher compared to the pre-Crucible tax rates. Our developers have confirthis posmed that the tax rates match the design specifications. Please read this post for more information about the new tax rate on NPC Custom Offices.Go out and read "this post" and you'll find CCP Guard stating that the taxes were "repaired" to be based on market value. Abramul on the EVE-O forums was good enough to do a bit of research on what those market values are. Here's his research:
P0: 0.1 isk/unit -> 0.5 isk/unitIn short, the amount of ISK that you're paying to import and export items from high-sec Customs Office isn't doubling. It's increasing by a factor of between 10 and 200! "Doubled" apparently doesn't mean what you think it means. ;-)
P1: 0.76 isk/unit -> 50 isk/unit
P2: 9 isk/unit -> 900 isk/unit
P3: 600 isk/unit -> 7000 isk/unit
P4: 50000 isk/unit -> 135000 isk/unit
Needless to say, I'll be shutting down my high-sec factory planet in pretty short order here and looking for a shady spot to move it. And that was almost certainly CCP's intent.
(1) OK, a lot of Buttercup's dialogue isn't all that quotable. Robin Wright kinda gets screwed. Comes with being the title character, I guess.